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pbs >> this is dw news live from berlin. the u.s. and the u.k. found laptops inside some plans. regulations prevent people from taking cap -- luggage on planes. >> the u.n. says 2016's record-breaking weather pattern, surging sea levels and shrinking sea ice are set to continue this year. we'll talk to the agency that is
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sounding a dire warning on the world's climate. dirty money washed clean. you'll hear about a russian money laundering operation of epic proportions. i am sarah kelly. sarah: britain is shown in the united states and bank some electronic devices on cabbage flights -- kevin flights. the response that official site is to unspecific terror threats. united arab emirates and egypt, jordan, morocco, qatar and turkey will not be allowed to be -- bring items let's been a mobile phone in their carry-on bags. airport officials in some of the
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countries affected say they have yet to see -- receive instructions on the rules. these rules could prove a serious inconvenience. we got the reaction from travelers. >> some have the liquids, some have they -- sometimes you can have the talcum powder, sometimes you can't. i'm really confused about this. they havto be well explained. if they tell me, of course i do it. >> i would be responsible for luggage, i'm sensitive to these things. they are not guaranteeing it would be ok. >> i would like my laptop to be on all the time. i need to assess to my laptop. anytime.
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and i check it, i can't use it on the flight. >> right now, i will have a long transit in xeric. it would be useful for me to have my laptop with me. if i am not allowed, it would be inconvenient. >> let's get more on this electronic span. just walk us through, was as unexpected? >> it does look and feel very similar to the controversial executive order that president trump issued in his first day in office. it is important to remember that this does not come from trump or the administration. this is coming from the department of self -- homeland security based on intelligence that there may -- maybe some terrorist groups in serial.
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while it wasn't a very well announced one, it looks like you had more thought and planning. sarah:announcement? why did british -- the british impose the span -- this ban? >> and loosely can were working in tandem to construct this electronics fan. it looks like they are included in this ban. it is 10 asia. canada is considering signing onto the same order as the u.k. and the u.s.. it is definitely a multilateral effort and probably some intelligence sharing going on as
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well. >> what are the broader implications? for the travelers? or the airlines? economically speaking? >> as we heard from the passengers, there is likely to be confusion about who can bring what liquids where. delays are likely as airlines try to get this all in place, the order allows 96 hours, that is four days. in terms of airlines, we have already seen turkish airlines speak out against it. a lot of the airline hubs that are targeted by this new order, they are transfer hubs. they built their business on being go through is that people are going to have to fly through to get their destination. what you can see happening is
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travelers deciding to fly through frankfurt or amsterdam rather than dubai. they could stand to take a hit that way. sara: lots of logistics there. let's turn to other news. government forces say that they launched a counterattack against rebels after they attempted to take over part of the city by the second time in three days. the fighting comes just two days before the syrian government and opposition delegates -- delegations are due to start a new round of peace talks in switzerland. a group affiliated with turkey's ruling say that they will -- there will be no more campaign rallies in germany ahead of the referendum. turkish politicians have been trying to reach turkish voters
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before the boat. turkey's president has accused berlin of not to tactics after the cancellation of a number of rallies in germany area due to be attended by turkish ministers. the standoff has severely strained german, turkish relations. extreme weather that has made 2016 the hottest year on record is pushing the world into uncharted territory. that is the conclusion of a new report by the world meteorological organization. climate change has already past and ominous milestone. look at this, 2016's average global temperature was the first reading to top one degree celsius. it just keeps rising. extreme weather is becoming more and more common.
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>> a heavy flood in perth -- peru that is affecting hundreds of thousands. this is just one example of extreme weather offense that parts of the world is experiencing. these conditions will continue in 2017 according to the ecological organization. it says that last year was the warmest year on record. >> in 2016, we crossed the threshold of temperatures more than one degree celsius above the levels of preindustrial areas. we need to bear in mind that theylima chae agreeme commits us tkeeping temperatures to well below two degrees celsius above the preindustrial era. we are already halfway there. this is very worrying. improvements may not happen as quickly as many countries of when they signed the paris agreement last year. donald trump's outspoken doubts about climate change
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significantly altered the u.s. stance on the issue. at a meeting last week, finance ministers from the world's biggest economies had to drop a pledge related to the paris court after washington refused to sign up. the arctic has experienced the political equivalent of a heat wave. atlantic storms have an influx of warm, moist air to the north, causing polar ice to melt. in 2016, global sea levels have reached a record high. warmer temperatures are also changing the way sea waters and airstream's move which will affect the weather around the globe. a vicious cycle that could trigger even more extreme weather. >> let's bring in johannes coleman.
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he joins us now from geneva. this report by your agency paints very terrifying picture of the earth's climate. is the process of climate change accelerating? >> it seems so. we have an increase in greenhouse gas concentrations measured. we cannot totally explain that. we can explain parts of it with el niƱo which is a very special climate condition. that is temperatures rising faster but we cannot totally explain what we are observing at the moment. it has been at a higher rate in the past years. >> how about the shocking pictures?
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what is the connection between what is happening there and global climate change? >> the pictures we see from peru are a manifestation of a weather phenomenon that is triggered by climates or can be triggered by climates. i do not think we can make it directly from one event as this one to the climate change in general. it is true that we increase in the atmosphere and the oceans that will lead to quicker processes, more dynamic rainfall processes and operation processes. more dynamic ocean dynamics, that is likely to lead to more extreme events in the future. the pictures that we see here will become more common in the future. >> your report also mentions the
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gradual retreat of the polar ice caps. how's that impacting our weather? >> the polar ice caps play an important role in c dynamics and the light that comes onto the earth's. if it is not there, this energy goes into the oceans. it also affects through temperature. there are differences in the dynamic streams of oceans. we don't know enough to say with a very high level of certainty what will happen to our ocean dynamics if there is more or less sea ice. we have blooms in the oceans that are triggered by different
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temperatures. there is impact on how much energy -- energy is being reflected by the ocean's service. there are a lot of complex problems that we don't know enough about and we have just begun. we have to know that the oceans take 20%. >> do think there is cause for us to worry at this point? >> there is cause to worry because we have for too long on reflectively used energy sources. that was due -- climate change is driven also by human activity
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and i think that is the starting point for changing things and i see this in many areas politics, in society, people are more conscious, people are trying to change things. we still have the possibility to avoid these consequences. >> is it possible to reverse the trend? how long would that take mark ellis brief -- how long would that take? tell us briefly. >> even now, it will go on for years and probably take decades until significantly, co2 levels come on the atmosphere. we will observe the temperature increase, even if we do not help desk
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we have to bring down the temperature peak. maybe the worst changes in precipitation the two. floods and droughts and maybe even consequences about water availability. >> a call to action there. we want to thank you for telling us more about it. we are taking a short break.
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sarah: welcome back. the u.s. and the u.k. have banned large electronic devices on some flights. the move affects flights from middle eastern and north african nations. officials say that it is in response to an unspecified terror threat. that dan -- ban is sure to have
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a financial offense. >> there is a lot affecting passengers. this ban is affecting airlines, their revenues. the head of emirates said that bookings to the united states have plummeted by 35% just after this ban was announced today. let's go to our financial correspondent in new york. these rules are obviously not targeting u.s. airlines. has a been a response on wall street? >> we saw the stocks of american airlines falling, united, delta, american, all losing 3%. u.s. airlines are not impacted because the airlines do not serve those airports. overall, with all those bans we
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are seeing from the new administration, there is some indication that there will be less people flying to the united states. the whole industry could be impacted by this. >> the dow has suffered its sharpest loss since october of last year. the markets dropped by more than 1%. even if 240 points sounds like a lot, it is a drop of 1.1%. it is still some selling pressure on wall street. there is some indication that donald trump might not get through with his health care plan on thursday and there is some chatter on wall street that this might also impact the tax
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cuts in the united states. those tax cuts are priced into the high valuation we see on wall street for quite some time. the big question is if it is just a one-day event or if it is a bigger correction that a lot of analysts and experts are waiting for for quite some time. also, if you look at nasdaq composite, we reached a new record at the beginning of the session, -- >> to a money laundering of huge proportions, as much as $20 billion in black money has been pumped out of russia into the european union where they would then back into legal circulation. that is according to revelations of investigative reporters. several u.k. banks have been part of the scam.
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we will have one of those reporters investigating and a moment. first, this report. lacks a money-laundering scheme so immense that detectives called the global laundromat. between 2010 and 2014, each enabled over $20 billion to be pumped out of russia. this includes oligarchs and russian criminals with links to this -- the kgb. the money flowed to over 5000 companies and accounts for over 27 thanks. -- thanks -- bamls/ nks. >> the money was also splashed on diamonds. u.s. banks handled a significant
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amount of the transfers as well. despite the extent of the suspicious of account activity and the systems that banks should happen place. this is leading to questions of why it took teams of local journalists with lesser means to expose a racket of global proportions. >> let's shed more light on the story. paul is the executive director of the organized crime and corruption reporting project. the group that uncovered the story. he joins me from peru. how did you get to know about these transgressions? >> we are following these money-laundering operations back to 2010 where we exposed the face of this. what we are exposing his -- is just a piece of the puzzle.
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it is something that has been ongoing out of russia for about 10 years now. it started with a smaller number and ended up with these huge numbers. they estimate that the numbers would be somewhere in the 80 billion range. all this money went from russia, the bank of russia to the eu and the u.s.. >> was it easy to setup and use this? >> this is very cleverly put together. this took a lot of effort and a lot of right -- bright people. it involves banks in a few countries. it involves taking in moldova.
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it invves making a big number of ghost companies. it took a lot of effort. this is something that was put together by people with lots of money and lots of contacts. >> this is a cross-border scam. what sort of mechanisms could have prevented it? >> banks should have looked a little better and done their homework better. you see some of the world's largest banks are getting hundreds of millions out of this 20 billion. every bank in the world needs to have know your customer duties. they haven't done so. this is for many reasons, one is that they were outsmarted by the
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criminals on the russian side. there aren't enough people doing there till -- due diligence in this bank. >> thank you so much for your insight. that is all we have r buness for now. back to you, sarah. sarah: donald trump has been backing plans to dismantle obamacare. but the fallout from the fbi continues. james comey contradicted donald trump on his claims that barack obama had his wires tapped during the presidential campaign. the fbi is investigating donald trump's team about whether or not they colluded with the russians to win the white house.
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for more on this story, let's bring in catherine. fbi director james comey is confirming rumors that have been around for months. at the end of the day, how damaging was this testimony? catherine: it was damaging because it was a public testimony. to have a testimony like this by the house intelligence community for five hours and 24 minutes under the public scrutiny, under the public eye, broadcast by every major news television station and news outlet in the united states -- that is revolutionary, we have never had that. we heard from the nsa director but also from the fbi chief that there has been an ongoing investigation that dates back as
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far as july which was a critical moment because that was the moment that the russian ambassador visited president trump on the outskirts of the republican national convention. that ended up changing the language a little bit of the republican platform withespect to ukraine. there were a lot of questions adessed in that hearing, they were addressed and the public eye. >> with so many of those questions open, so many people said there could because for trump's impeachment. is that jumping the gun? there is no hard evidence that he personally colluded with russia to rig the election. >> it is true that director call is looking first and foremost in this investigation at intelligence failures and at
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russian intelligence coming into an american system and an american space. that second component would be a criminal investigation into the collusion and that kind of collaboration to see if there's any criminal evidence against the names that have been floated in the hearing against rajasthan. -- roger stone and paul manafort. both director comey and mike rogers said this investigation will take months. in terms of the republicans pushing against -- sarah: we are going to have to leave it there, we appreciate it.
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reyes: they have been living in honduras for hundreds of years. now this minority group is struggling to protect its land. i'm elaine reyes in washington, d.c. and this is "americas now." the presence of the garifuna people in honduras dates back over 200 years, but the future of their land may be under threat. chamilio: listen, to tell you the truth, right now we don't-- we don't trust no one. chamilio: especially white boys. hadden: us? chamilio: such as yourself, you know what i mean... hadden: us... reyes: correspondent gerry hadden reports on how development projects and increased violence could lead to their territory being taken away.


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